STATE BILL COLORADO
There’s additional information today about possible legislation, still under wraps, that would allow lobbyists who undergo background checks to pass through Capitol security without being screened.
“The State Patrol is exploring what options may exist for a ‘fast lane,’ or its equivalent, but it’s too early to know where this will go right now,” Colorado State Patrol spokesman Lance Clem told State Bill.
According to Clem, some people who are very frequent users of the statehouse (lobbyists, primarily) want the State Patrol to look into some kind of system that lets them pass through security quickly the way state legislators and government employees now do.
“The State Patrol only recently have been asked to explore this question. No legislation has been mentioned yet, nor is there a proposal being offered up. It’s just under discussion.”
State Bill first wrote about the idea back on Dec. 11. Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs said then he hopes legislators and government officials can avoid playing politics with a measure that would make things run more smoothly during the 2010 session.
“I think the issue is government efficiency. To me that’s what it boils down to,” he said.
It’s unknown whether any other high-traffic users of the Capitol — say, media — would be included in any bill that’s eventually introduced.